|Commenting on the transaction, Marco Sala, GTECH S.p.A. CEO said, "This transaction is transformational for our business. With limited overlap in products and customers, the combined company will enjoy leading positions across all segments of the gaming landscape. It will increase our global scale and with a full suite of offerings and robust customer relationships across the client spectrum, the new company will be uniquely positioned to take advantage of the ongoing convergence across global gaming market segments. Our expertise across these segments and greater ability to invest in R&D will improve player experiences and benefit our government and business clients. The transaction will significantly enhance our cash flow and financial strength, and provide clear and achievable cost and revenue synergies." "We are extremely pleased to reach a definitive merger agreement with GTECH as a result of our exploration of strategic alternatives to increase shareholder value. This outstanding combination of two global leaders redefines the future of the gaming industry. Together we are uniquely positioned to provide the industry's broadest and most innovative portfolio of best-in-class products, solutions and services," said Patti Hart, IGT CEO. "This strategic agreement positions us to further transform the industry while providing meaningful benefit and value to our customers, our employees and our shareholders."|
|“With close to two-thirds of a billion dollars returned for our good causes, when players play the Lottery in Idaho , someone, somewhere, is always benefitting,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Every play pays. Every day we contribute $134,247 to a greater common good that exceeds the sum of our dollars and dividends: the future of Idaho ’s education and prosperity among her citizens.”|
|“The team at Lotterywest are delighted to have come to this agreement to extend our existing contract with INTRALOT. They have been a valued business partner and we look forward to this very positive arrangement continuing over the years ahead. We are confident that the technology and other expertise that INTRALOT have offered us will contribute to the success of this important Retail Transformation project which we have undertaken”, said Ms. Jan Stewart, Lotterywest CEO.|
|"Super 7 is one of our most successful core games and when we saw Pollard Banknote's new neon colours, we knew they would look great on our tickets," explained Kordian Zielinski, Instant Manager, Totalizator Sportowy. "Super 7 is the first ticket printed with our new vibrant neon inks, and we're very happy to have helped the lottery achieve success with the latest launch of this core game" said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote.|
|"It's gratifying to know that, in less than five years of operation, we've helped more than 135,000 Arkansas students to realize their potential for academic achievement," Director Bishop Woosley said. "That's $500 million that was simply unavailable to Arkansas students before the Lottery opened in 2009. These dollars and students, studying at Arkansas colleges and universities, will create a more educated workforce to attract new industry and high-skill, higher-paying jobs to our state. The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship can be a powerful economic development tool."|
|Parliamentary secretary for competitiveness and economic growth Jose Herrera announced that Malta would be seeking the ruling of the European Court of Justice over the Council of Europe’s draft convention on sports competitions, claiming that the definition of illegal betting in the draft convention “hinders the free movement of services within the EU. If ratified, this would mean that licensed gaming operators in Malta would be hindered from extending their operations abroad unless they abide by the laws of the other members states.”
PGRI Note: Malta wants the Council of Europe, or the Court, to over-rule the rights of member states to decide regulatory and taxation policy for all forms of gambling, including betting on sports competitions. Maltese operators essentially want to export gambling without complying to the laws of the “consumption” markets, i.e. the laws of the member state where the better actually is placing the bet.
|“Jumbo is now the only company in Germany with its own in-house developed software platform connected to all 16 states in Germany. This is an important milestone and allows the marketing team to compete aggressively with other operators in the Germany online lottery market”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive Limited.|
|“We continually strive to improve the apps we offer to our players and make them fun and entertaining. This new update is all about convenience for our players and being able to instantly know the location of the nearest New York Lottery retailers. Also this update provides the winning numbers for our newest draw game Cash4Life,” said Gardner Gurney, Acting Director of the Division of the Lottery.|
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Lottery Expo 2014 Conference Preliminary Program
September 9 to 11
Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel www.edenrocmiami.com
Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery
GTECH, INTRALOT, HUDSON ALLEY SOFTWARE, LINQ3, SCIENTIFIC GAMES
Silver Sponsors and Exhibitors: Arrow International, Camelot Global Services, Carmanah Signs, Diamond Game, InComm, Jumbo Interactive, Pro-Lite
Tuesday, September 9:
WELCOME RECEPTION: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sea Breeze Terrace
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
8:00 to 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM. Paul Jason, Chief Executive Officer, PGRI, opens the conference sessions
Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery, Co-Host Lottery Expo
Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery,
President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)
Creating truly national brands requires national advertising, marketing, promotion, and distribution. Forging consensus among 44 + lotteries requires compromise, and the conviction that the goals are worth the effort. Some might ask: Why should we do that when our markets are confined to the boundaries of our state - and our state statutes, gaming cultures, and consumer attitudes all vary from state to state, and certainly from region to region. Why is it so important for Lottery Directors to work hard to create nation-wide branding and promotional programs? Multi-state initiatives provide economies of scale not achievable on an individual state basis. That is key to the TV Lottery Game Show. How relevant is that to the calculus of cost/benefits/ROI for other factors like developing new games, and new promotional and branding initiatives? What are some actionable ideas for additional nation-wide promotions and marketing campaigns?
Moderator: Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery
Leslie Badger, Vice President Systems Marketing, Scientific Games Corp.
Connie Bloss, Vice President Marketing, Pennsylvania Lottery
Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery
John Martin, Assistant Director, Maryland Lottery
Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery
Panel Discussion: Monopoly Millionaires’ Club
Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Executive Vice President World Lottery Association (WLA)
Connie Laverty O’Connor, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, GTECH Corp.
Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery Authority
Steve Saferin, President Properties Group & Chief Creative Officer, Scientific Games Corp.
Chuck Strutt, Executive Director, MUSL (Multi-State Lottery Association)
12:30 to 1:30 pm: Luncheon
Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
Sharp Award for Good Causes
Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship
Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from Conference Sponsors
Retail is changing. What can Team Lottery do to make sure make sure that Retail Modernization results in increased sales of its products? Merchandising and POS trends, demand for better data capture and analyses and reporting, transaction processing technologies, increased consumer options like self-serve and digital connections, cross-promotional marketing, adding entertainment value to the in-store shopping experience. Integrating Retailer products into Lottery promotions, and vice-versa.
Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery
David Barden, Executive Director, New Mexico Lottery
Daniel Cage, Chief Executive Officer, Linq3
Larry Colatosti, Director, Retail Sales, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp.
Tom Dolan, Regional Sales Manager, Florida Lottery
Adam Perlow, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Alley Software
RECEPTION: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sea Breeze Terrace
Thursday, September 11
Tom Delancenserie, Vice President Sales, Florida Lottery
everage the promotional power of the Internet to drive Retail sales. How can marketing and promotional strategies integrate the on-line and off-line worlds to drive sales at land-based Retail?
Gary Gonder, COO and Director of Marketing, Sales and Communications , Missouri Lottery
James Hutchinson, Vice President – Marketing, Georgia Lottery Corporation
Larry Loss, Executive Vice President, Iowa Lottery
Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Lottery Marketing, Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Nikki Orcutt, Vice President Marketing, West Virginia Lottery
Wojciech Szpil, Chief Executive Officer, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)
Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from conference sponsors
Gordon Medenica, Lottery Industry Consultant, Former Director of New York Lottery, Former President of NASPL
Ryann Petit-Frere, Manager Digital Strategy, California Lottery
Casey McKenzie, Senior Principal Consultant, Impact 21 Group
Luncheon: 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Lucas Baffetti, General Manager of Loteria de San Luis
Konrad Komarczuk, Director of Innovation, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)
Juan Torres, Administrative and finance manager of Grupo slots
Panel Discussion: Bridging the gap between the online and off-line worlds
Lottery and its retailers both want to drive sales performance by consolidating their position with current customers and attracting new customers. Lottery has always been a powerful driver of store traffic in the off-line world. How can Lottery do the same in the on-line world? How can Lottery and its retailers work together to build the omni-channel model that is so key to accomplishing our shared objectives? onnect with their consumer via Internet and Mobile app’s and are doing that. How can Lottery help them? How can Lottery consolidate its position as a valued partner to its retailers, while promoting the adoption of the Internet channel to connect with the consumer?
Moderator and Panelists: TBA
Closing night Reception
Conference website: www.PublicGaming.org
Video-recording website: www.PGRItalks.com
Public Gaming Magazine January/February 2014